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About #AmericanPortraitPBS

PBS American Portrait is an ongoing, evolving initiative that asks you, and people all over the country, to submit your individual stories by responding to one of a number of thought provoking prompts. Whether it’s joy or sorrow, triumph or hardship, family traditions you’ve followed for decades or just the chaos of the morning school run, we want to put together a picture of life as it’s really lived, today. It’s a chance for you to give us a glimpse into your life, and a chance for you to be heard.

This is a major opportunity to make history by creating a communal space where people can share, explore and listen. Everyone is welcome — the more stories we tell, the more we'll see a real, complex, fascinating portrait of America.

Share your unique story with us by responding to any of the thought-provoking prompts below:

  • I was raised to believe...
  • Most days I feel...
  • You don’t know what it’s like to...
  • The tradition I carry on is...
  • I took a risk when...
  • My American story started when...
  • What keeps me up at night is...
  • The people I relate to are...
  • My Saturday night looks like...
  • When I step outside my door...
  • What gets me out of bed in the morning is...
  • My parent(s) wanted me to...

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PBS American Portrait

In This Together: A PBS American Portrait Story

25:53
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Expires: 2028-05-09
Rating: TV-PG

See stories of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected America and brought us together.

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This is just the beginning, the project will also be: